mysterious mermaid (aka homage to ariel)

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Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign (oh yeah, I read my horoscope daily, you guys), but I’m really drawn to and soothed by water. I like rainy days, pools, baths, puddles, the ocean…well, you get the idea. Anyway, so when I found this mermaid skirt I knew my aquatic mermaid dreams were about to be realized in grown up form. I mean, yes, my real dream is to rock an Ariel Disney pajama set, but, I settled for a really close second mermaid inspired ensemble too. I don’t know…maybe it’s the water…the colors…the sparkles…but mermaids seem so elegantly mythical and mysterious, singing their siren song. And who doesn’t love humming Part of Your World and toe tapping to Under the Sea with Ariel?

Well, we all know that when I get to story telling about a piece that I’m totally swooning dreamy eyed about fashion. My storytelling has me imagining what Ariel would look like all grown up, wearing heels, parking
her car, and headed to another day at the office. This is my homage to my favorite mermaid, Ariel, and all the other mythical mysterious mermaids from days passed.

“I guess I’m an underwater thing…there’s a sea secret inside me…” Tori Amos, Liquid Diamonds

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Top: Banana Republic ($9 marked down from $65)

Skirt: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $90)

Sweater: H&M (approx $20 marked down from approx $40)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Tights: gift
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve been really impressed with Banana Republic upping their game lately. Sometimes, their clothes can seem a bit repetitive to me, but lately, their stuff has been so creative and different. They still have all of their old faithfuls, which I do love, but also some new pieces that look unique and very chic. Additionally, their sales continue to be great at change of season (aka now). I purely shop in their sale section…of course, when there is an additional markdown on their sale items. I don’t find the online sales to be as good as in store sales, but maybe others have had better luck than I have!

2) Monochrome gives you a lot of flexibility for patten mixing. In this look, the top, skirt, tights and shoes were all different patterns, but the black and white kept the look really coherent. The top had a tiny bit of neon green at the collar, but that was the only accent color in the look. I kept my jewelry very simple, though to be honest, I was tempted to rock a giant neon green necklace. Ha! Maybe next time…

Anyone have monochrome outfit tips? Love monochrome? Not loving it?

monochromatic pattern mash-up

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I put this outfit together over the weekend, but did not have a chance to wear it until today.  Finally, it warmed up here and we got some sun!  

A few weeks ago, I found this skirt when I went consignment shopping.  Interestingly, I saw it was still selling online at other retailers for $158. Consignment price? $7.  As my mother would say, you cannot beat that price with a stick.

The skirt is by BCBG Max Azria and has beautiful embroidery along the top. I paired it with a striped summer sweater from Ann Taylor, blue polka dot shoes from Gap, and a yellow necklace from Charming Charlie’s. 

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Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($7 marked down from $158)

Top: Ann Taylor ($17 marked down from $44)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on clearance)

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)

It’s a monochromatic pattern mash-up! And really, who doesn’t love a good mash-up?

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Monochromatic is very popular right now. If you like the look, try it for yourself! I added patterns, but kept the skirt, top and shoes blue to keep everything coherent. The pop of color in the necklace was a nice detail and kept the outfit interesting. 

2) I kept the look more conservative for work with the summer sweater and flats. With heels and a tank top, this skirt could easily make for a great weekend look. And, pairing consignment with a new sweater kept everything fresh.

A side note, my nautical nails ended up matching with the monochromatic theme!